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Re: Package maintainer script policy.

Raul Miller <rdm@test.legislate.com> writes:

> Guy Maor <maor@ece.utexas.edu> wrote:
> > Have you guys nothing better to do with your time?
> Yep, otherwise I would have looked that up.

What you said doesn't make any sense, but that's not important.  What
I meant is that surely there's some policy you can work on instead of
this semantic hair-splitting over whether it's ok for a package to
have an executable as a maintainer "script".

> Also, if /bin/sh has stopped working (or, more generally, if libc
> has stopped working) the installation run would typically die long
> before this libreadlineg2.postinst script would be run.

No, Raul, that's the whole point.  When you're upgrading libc5->libc6,
/bin/sh really does stop working until this postinst runs.

It's a C program because that makes it more robust.  There is a very
small set of programs which will render your system unusable if they
stop working.  The C library and ld.so are already on that list so
there's no point in making this postinst statically linked.  Perl is
not on that list so there is a point in not writing it in perl. 


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